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Judas Priest 50 Years of Metal

Ringing ears, burnt retinas, and waking up feeling like you got hit by a truck. That is what it is like being between the stage and audience at a Judas Priest show

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Thursday night at The Armory, the Metal Gods that are Judas Priest brought their legendary style of heavy metal to a packed and pumped-up crowd.
The house lights dimmed, Battle Hyhm filled the speakers, setting up for what would be a freight train roar as guitarist Richie Faulkner hit the first notes on “One Shot at Glory.”

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The setlist included a range of music spanning their 50 years of Metal music. Including songs from 1974’s to 2018’s Fire Power and classics, Victim of Changes, Turbo Lover, Painkiller, and plenty off Defenders of the Faith, while finishing up with British Steel anthem Living after Midnight.

Photo Credit Richard Dollarhide

My first experience of the Preist was in 1980. I was in second grade and had tickets to see them open for the original KISS. Being a 7-year-old, it was hard to imagine that a concert would have such an impact on my life. I was forever addicted to an English metal band and its hard-hitting music. And judging by the crowd, the torch of metal was being passed to future generations. Judas Priest is one of those bands that attract a younger and newer audience with every tour. Why? Because they are as classic as KISS, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, and the like. They have dedicated and proud followers that want to make sure their music will forever live on.

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During this tour, I have read all the online debates about wheater the 70-year-old Rob Halford still had his voice. Having seen Halford perform with and without Priest over the years, I can honestly say that last night’s performance left no dought that he still delivers. Hitting low notes only to follow up with such high-pitched screams that seemed only bats could hear.

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I have seen Judas priest so many times over the years. I only hope I can witness the Priest live one last time before they retire. If not, I can’t thank them enough for bringing such powerful music to us for so many years.
Long live The Priest!

Written by Richard Dollarhide

Photographer, Photojournalist, Executive Chef and Full Time Artist


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